hiv subtypes & arv therapy
Jul 5, 2013
is there any difference in arv effectiveness for different HIV subtypes? do arvs only work with subtype b??
and do some subtypes have a generally shorter life expectancy?
Response from Dr. Wohl
The main differentiation between types of HIV that is relevant to treatment is HIV-1 vs HIV-2. Not all medications used to treat HIV-1 are effective for HIV-2. HIV-2 does have a slower natural progression than HIV-1.
Among HIV-1 clades (subtypes) there are no major differences in response that would necessitate different treatment recommendations by clade.
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